Franny and Zooey: Childhood " We're freaks, the two of us, Franny and I... and both of those bastards are responsible... I could murder both without batting an eyelash... The great teachers, the great emancipators.' Childhood memories are ripples of waves crashing serenely throughout my mind.
Memories of climbing trees, playing dress-up and other fun-filled reminiscences float through these waters like drift wood. I remember nothing but living in a joyful bliss. My only tragedy was when Barbie's beloved Ken's head fell off. We are all incredibly innocent as children.
We will reach out to anyone " shand with out eyes fille with trust. The events of our childhood determines who we are, what we will be, what our future hold. For example, I have recently learned that, in many cases, an abused child will result in a loathsome and abusive adult. The process continues generation after generation.
This because his or her child has absolutely no power in controlling the early events of their childhood. An abused child is not at fault of the results of their childhood. A child is easily susceptible to having the rest of his other life ruined, such as being emotionally scarred. I believe this happened in Franny and Zooey's case as children. They came from relatively large family, consisting of two parents and seven siblings. The Glass children had a radio talk show called the 'Wise Child' when they were younger.
Such pressures put upon the children resulted in which Zooey calls 'The Wise Child complexes'. He believes that they never really left the air. He believes that instead of carrying a normal conversation, he expound on everything and; therefore, is not able to keep his mouth closed. The two eldest siblings of the Glass children, Seymour and Buddy, have influenced both Franny and Zooey, who are the two youngest in the family. Zooey believes that it is them who have made him and Franny what they are now,' freaks'. Because Zooey believes they are responsible, he developed a hatred for his brothers.
I believe this hatred evolved from frustration. Thisfustration could possibly be caused from the separation he must feel towards Seymour and Buddy. Seymour committed suicide, leaving young Zooey with unanswered questions. Buddy appears to be cutting himself off from his family, or even reality. He lives as a hermit, he is locked away in a cabin with neither heating, electricity, nor a phone. Seymour and Buddy have both put themselves in the same situation toward Franny and Zooey.
It seems that Buddy does everything that Seymour did, or tries to. Zooey wonders why Buddy just does not kill himself and 'get it over with'. The problem is lack of communication. Franny seems to be looking for something, in terms of the complexities of her life. Perhaps it could be an answer to a meaningful question. She turns to two of Seymour's old books, entitled The Way of a Pilgram and The Pilgram continues on His Way.
She carries these blood with her everywhere she goes. These books are about a peasant man in search of understanding, how to pray without ceasing, she can reach some sort of religious enlightenment. This man somehow relates to Franny, as the man is searching for bliss and Franny for some sort of meaning. Franny and Zooey are victims.
They are robbed of the right to feel security, happiness, and 'normality'. They understand what they have become, but do not understand what shall happen next. They will never have the feeling of security. This novel relates to our society because this type of situation happens everywhere today. It has always been around. If it was not, then I believe that this world would be so much brighter and happier.
We should learn to understand this problem, help others in distress, and stop it from occuring.